Business Computing BSc (Hons)
BSc with Foundation: G504
Full Time: 3 years
Full Time Foundation: 4 years
Part Time: 4 - 6 years
Fees UK 23/24:
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
Fees International 23/24:
Full Time: £14,750
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Business Computing BSc (Hons) approaches computing from a professional perspective and is designed to tackle the application of technology in a commercial context. It explores the design, implementation, and application of technical solutions to industry’s challenges.
In a climate increasingly reliant on computing solutions, companies require individuals who can craft robust, reliable and user-friendly systems that drive organisational solutions. Business Computing BSc (Hons) develops the practical skills and knowledge you need to be part of this dynamic industry.
This hands-on course provides you with development skills, such as SQL, PHP and Java to improve employability, whilst promoting the aptitude and problem-solving approaches to harness those skills to achieve strategic goals and develop business insight. Business Computing facilitates careers in data analysis, web design and development, databases, programming, systems analysis, IT management, as well as fostering entrepreneurs.
- Emphasis on hands-on practice
- Employability and industry focused.
- Strategic application of technology.
- Optional industry placement available.
- Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
- HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)
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Business Computing BSc (Hons) shares a common first year with other Computing pathways, with flexible progression into the second year. On Business Computing you will have the option to tailor your second and third years to specialise to suit your career aspirations and curiosities.
After your second year, you have the opportunity to work on a placement year, learning in industry and creating contacts that will be valuable when you graduate, improving your chances of getting the first step in your future career.
In the final year, you will study Security, Business Intelligence and Project Management at greater depth as you develop your strategic skills alongside the practical ones. You will have the option to choose to develop a practical build for your dissertation or research and evaluate emerging technologies. With the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from the course, you will be well equipped to enter the workplace or continue with further study to best fulfil your personal ambitions and potential.
Modules for Business Computing BSc (Hons) can be found here.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be:
- BCC at A-Level or,
- DMM at BTEC or,
- Pass (C and above) at T Level
No prior computing experience is required.
In addition to the standard UON entry requirements, applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above. Access (with 12 credits at L2 or 6 at L3 in Maths) and BTEC qualification in Computing at Level 3 are accepted in lieu of Mathematics GCSE.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation course is normally:
- DEE at A Level or,
- MPP at BTEC or,
- Pass (D or E) at T Level
However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
2023/24 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
- International – Full Time: £14,750
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2023 entry.
2022/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- International – Full Time: £14,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2022 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time Business Computing degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
*UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?
You will spend 12 hours per week in class. Including self-directed study time you will spend 200 hours in total on each 20 credit module.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on practice and theory through practical implementations, reports, essays, demonstrations and examinations. Most modules are designed to develop problem solving techniques and interpersonal skills and many provide the opportunity for group work.
Optional placement year
You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.
Careers and Employability
The skills that you will learn in this course will enable you to embark on a range of careers, with examples of roles including:
- Systems Analyst
- Database Developer
- Database Manager
- Test Engineer
- IT Support or management of web based systems, new developments and projects.
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
Facilities and Special Features
Special features on this Business Computing course include:
- emphasis on hands-on practice
- flexible programme and study route
- employability and industry focused, with an optional placement year available
The Computing Society, with activities and talks all year round, has a long history of supporting Computing students. Whether you are seeking a graduate placement, a part-time job whilst you study, or just want to get your name out there for later, the Computing Society is a great place to start.